Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Tale of Applebeck Orchard by Susan Wittig Albert

5 Stars
R-0 (though there are "intimate" encounters, that's intimate in a Victorian sense) :D
6th of The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

I love these books. Which I'm sure I've mentioned before.

They're just such cute, cozy mysteries. Not in the least bit gruesome, these aren't murder mysteries. They are simply sweet stories of life in the Lake District in the early 1900s.

As always, we have animal narratives and human ones-- from the story of Max the Manx to an unexpected engagement between two well-known characters-- and they're all delightful.

There is maybe a little more of the author addressing the reader directly than in the past books, but I found myself quite enjoying that. It's more like listening to a friend tell a story, and Susan Wittig Albert does it so well that I find nothing to fault in the style.

This time the mysteries (or conundrums) center largely around Applebeck Orchard (naturally). First a fire, then a blocked public path, then another fire.... not to mention the resident ghost and the poor put-upon orphan that's taken up residence as well.

But as always, Miss Potter will soon have it all sorted.

I do very much recommend starting at the beginning with this series, as there are numerous references to previous books. The first is The Tale of Hilltop Farm.

This is really a mystery series even for non-mystery-lovers!

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